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Winning start for Borderers

Border Reivers 12-8 Dalgety Bay 2

 

Del Sharratt 3-1 Stuart Black

Del Sharratt started the League Season with a well fought victory, Stuart Black had an extremely hard and fast shot and Del had to keep the ball at the back of the court to win points. The first games Del managed to control the games from the Short line and took them 15-9, 15-10. In the third Game Stuart managed to find a wee bit of extra width and combined with the speed of hs shots this proved decisive as he took it 15-13. But in the fourth Game, Del played some deft serves that Stuart couldn’t return and although not straight forward Del managed to take it with some basic squash and remaining focussed for 15-12.

 

Iain Laing 3-1 Gerry Burton

Burton was a veteran of League Squash having over 40 years of experience in leagues up and down the country, but this was his first visit to Gala. Laing was no stranger to competitive squash himself having been former double club champion at Gala Squash Club. Beth players demonstrated thertr squash know how and this game was as much about the squash brain as it was about the shots. Reivers Iain Laing was slightly quicker and fitter and managed to pull out some deceptive shots for the victory 15-8, 15-9, 15-167, 15-10.

 

Amir Hosny 0-3 Neil Whiteside

Reivers No. 3 seed Hosny had a rare bad night; although his movement and length was there it was not a typical performance from the Borderer; Hosny left quite a few balls loose and towards the middle of the court and when your opponent is the standard of Whiteside then you know you can’t do that!

Hosny was half a yard slower than he usually is and the Fifer took this 15-10, 15-13, 15-6 for 3-0.

 

Pat Spence 0-3 Grant Sinclair

Reivers veteran Spence just came up against a stronger player in this one. IT was a pretty even match but Sinclair managed to handle the pressure better and get over the line in the games. 15-13, 15-13, 15-8.

 

Tony Elliot 3-0 Colin Boswell

Elliot carried on from where he left off last season; with the rubbers tied at 2-2 the Reivers captain Sharratt wasn’t too concerned as he knew with tony Elliot he had one of the best players in the league. Elliot motored off with a series of different shots and demonstrated his prowess on the court. Boswell had absolutely no answer for the Reivers top seed and Elliot took it 15-10, 15-4, 15-3.

 

Captain Del Sharratt commented “I’m glad we have started the season with a win. Dalgetty Bay 2s have just came down from League 4 so they are used to playing at a higher level and ARE one of the strongest teams in the league and this proved a tough start, it doesn’t get any easier though as we are at Craigshill Xcite next week and they are very strong at Home.

Old and Bold!

Auld Crocks 10-7 Young Guns
It was a close fought thing at Gala squash Club, with the Border Reivers Auld crocks showing the Reivers Young Guns that you can’t have a substitute for experience.
In the first matches Auld Crocks Sir Andrew beat Young Guns Del Sharratt 3-1; every game went to the wire, it was 17-15, 18-20, 16-14, 17-15.  Theis match went on for almost 60 minutes, neither one gave an inch and any slight let was asked for but referee Graham Bensted kept good control of the match.  In each of the games Del got to 14 points first but just couldn’t sneak over the line as seasoned veteran Sir Andrew possessed the knowhow to finish things off.  at the same time on court 2 the top seedes Pat Spence and Tony Elliot were facing off. This was was 3-1 to Elliot for the young guns.  The ever reliable Elliot took the first two games 15-6 and 15-7 before Spence came out like a coiled python ready to pounce and stormed the third 15-13, nobody at the club bar Championhip runner up Kev Douglas, has managed to take a game off Tony for many weeks, indeed it was Spence in the leagues in March that was the last to accomplish this.  But Tony just shrugged it off and took the fourth with a 15-1 statement to reinforce his superiority.
Elliot was the only victory for the Young guns but the rest of the rubbers were also close with former club Champion Iain Laing beating Amir Hosny 3-2 (15-10, 9-15, 7-15, 15-8, 15-10) and two Reivers squad players facing off with Graham Bensted taking it 3-1 against Gary Bramble (15-9, 15-9, 12-15, 15-7).
Club Captain Del Sharratt said “It was a great match to prepare for the East Leagues, we are straight into it as we host Dalgetty Bay 2s in Gala next week. This was as competitive as any match we could have played and all  I can say is – ‘Auld yins, enjoy it while you still can!’
It was great getting 8 squad players facing off tonight and everyone is chomping at the bit for the East League season to start so hopefully our enthusiasm can convert to victories.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Border Reivers 15-4 NHS Select
Tony Elliot 3-0 Dave Shields (15-6, 15-0, 15-1)
Pat Spence 3-0 Sandy Morris (15-11, 15-13, 15-13)
Del Sharratt 3-1 Paul Neary (15-13, 15-10, 12-15, 15-10)
Iain Gorman 3-0 Brian Magowan (15-11, 16-14, 15-11)
Darren Quinn 0-3 Sir Andrew (13-15, 10-15, 13-15)
As the East of Scotland squash league season fast approaching, the Border Reivers got some much needed game time with a pre-season friendly against NHS Borders Select.  What is turning out to be an annual event the doctors and staff from NHS proved tricky customers.
In the first rubber, the NHS Dr Jon McLaron pulled out last minute with injury so Sir Andrew was drafted in at last minute, the late call up didn’t phase the veteran as he conquered the youthful Quinn 3-0 but the games were close at 15-13, 15-10, 15-13.  the next game was an evenly matched tie Gorman v Magowan, The NHS team were glad Magowan chose them as he was also a member of the squash Club and a squad player for the Reivers, but he just had no luck as another 3-0 defeat came down to the wire 15-11, 15-10, 12-165, 15-10.  The third seeds next and in this rube last year Neary triumphed 3-1 over Sharratt so the Reivers Captain had a point to prove this time.
Neary couldn’t fid his usual game though and this time Sharratt repaid last years defeat with a 3-1 victory.  Sandy Morris made Pat Spence work for his victory, both had very contrasting styles but with 15-11, 15-13, 15-13 it was only one mistake that separated the players.  Tony Elliot found the going a bit easier and Dave Shiels is usually reliable but all of his shots found the tin and Dave just couldn’t find any rhythym.
Reivers Captain Sharratt said “The result flatters us slightly, the NHS team just had no luck and on another night the score could be different.  These pre-season games are vital for my team so we can get our eye in again before the leagues start.